Andy at Crow Versus Crow kindly sent me through this press release and early access to the latest from Chlorine. I have a few Chlorine releases in my collection; this one is right up there and, to my ears, the most deeply engaging of them all. I for one will be looking to get hold of one of the 50 cassettes when they are released and will be playing one or more tracks on upcoming episodes of Anticipating Nowhere on Mixloud (see end of post).
I’ll leave the rest to Andy…….
Label: Crow Versus Crow
Catalogue Number: CVC013
Format: Limited Edition of 50 cassettes & digital download
Release Date: Friday 12th July 2019
A1. Song For A Silhouette
A2. My Trying Hands, Lost and Tied
B1. Confessions Of A Broken Temperament
B2. Protect, Lust
B3. Hindered By Humility
B4. Restive Slumbers
Crow Versus Crow is honoured to be able to present to you Gallooner, by Chlorine – alias of thee mighty Gateshead-based artist and multi-instrumentalist, Graeme Hopper. Following last year’s Loser Herd, released on the Panarus Productions label, Gallooner, digs deeper into the artist’s psyche to construct heavily layered and complex sonic evocations and excavations of the artist’s Self. It is by far the most personal collection of recordings Chlorine has produced to date.
Anxiety. Loneliness. Self-Loathing. Depression.
All hewn crude in catharsis.
That is not to say that Gallooner is a violent, nihilistic, ugly record. As with many creative expressions of melancholy, there is a deep, complicated beauty within the intricate soundscapes. It’s probably a hopeful record. But its seeds are sown deep in frustration and doubt.
Bitterness. Bile. Audacity.
A skin sore caused by chronic irritation.
Brazen boldness coupled with impudent assurance and insolence.
With Gallooner, Chlorine has produced six varied yet cohesive soundscapes that range from throbbing, percussive, post-Dub, post-Industrial, post-Techno, sunk ravers, to heavily textured string-scraping, tape-hissing evocations of nocturnal wanderings, both dreamlike and concrete. Found sounds and field recordings coalesce with keys, strings and percussion to form intricate compositions rich in a symbiotic sense of geographic and psychological place.
Gallooner is released as a limited edition of 50 hand-numbered professionally dubbed cassettes and digital download via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp on Friday 12th July 2019, featuring artwork by Hopper.
CHLORINE is visual artist and multi-instrumentalist Graeme Hopper (b.: Sunderland / w.: Gateshead). Chlorine has previously released single tracks and EPs via the Chlorine Recordings Bandcamp, a limited edition CDR via TQ Zine and a limited edition cassette on the Panurus Productions label. Hopper is also known for his visual artwork, producing work for the cover of records by Moor Mother and Mogwai/Arab Strap, along with TUSK Festival promotional material. Hopper also played percussion in Black Metal/Darkwave duo Penance Stare.